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So now that you have the hammock installed, how the heck do you get into the thing and get comfortable?

As we have had a very busy summer shipping Mayan hammocks to many customers who may be inexperienced or unfamiliar with their use, I dug up this old gem of an article from sometime back to help you get into the swing of things:

I see it every day at the store; and I know I have to do something about it. It all starts with simply knowing how to use a Mayan or Brazilian hammock, a skill, humble in conception, yet apparently fiendishly difficult to comprehend for many of my fellow Americans.
It starts with the fact that most people think they should align themselves with the long hanging axis of the hammock. In so doing they end up assuming the general shape of an unhappy banana. Since this happens even after I have coached them to lie in the hammock at a diagonal, and right in front of me, I have concluded that I need to publish a step by step guide. So below is my patent pending walk through of a lay down in a Mayan or Amazona style hammock.
• First assumption is that the hammock is installed properly according to the instructions given elsewhere.
• Secondly these instructions are for the larger Mayan hammocks. For smaller hammocks some fairly obvious adjustments will need to be made.
• Step one: stand next to the center, or lowest hanging part of the hammock, facing away from it, and reach back and grasp a handful of the far side of the hammock and lift it up over your head.
• Then grasp the front of the hammock with your other hand and sit down in the middle.
• Then gently lay straight back into that bunch of hammock you are holding over your head.
• Now swing your feet up in and stretch the hammock out to the full distance between your out stretched hands and feet, making sure you are centered in the hammock and that you are perpendicular to the hanging axis of the hammock. Your head should not be hanging over the edge, nor should your feet.
• For some people Nirvana is already happening. But if you plan to sleep in the thing and/or reach the zenith of comfort, you now move slowly toward the hanging axis of the hammock until you find a sweet spot that supports you evenly. This will be approximately a 45 degree angle off axis in the larger hammocks, and maybe a 30 degree angle in some of the narrower ones.
• Move around, don’t be bashful, the hammock will conform to you. Give it a shot.
• Once you are used to how the hammock supports you, you can move around into any type of free form position that you like.

The above directions, of course, are for the beginner in the path of hammock enlightenment. Veterans will find their way to the doorway of bliss, in a manner of their own devising.
Author Tom Sloane has devoted years to the study and development of improved hammocks, and countless thousands of hours in the testing of  Mayan hammocks. Visit Seaside Hammocks where your host, Tommy Hamaca, will guide you to the perfect hammock for home or garden.

Health Benefits of Using a Hammock

Hammocks have become increasingly popular mainly because of the uniqueness of the design parameters. A hammock is basically a type of sleeping device that is suspended from walls, ceilings, trees, roof hooks, or posts and meant to provide an enhanced resting and relaxing experience. Hammocks are made from light-weight material like hammock cord or fabric, and are highly portable in nature. Hammocks or hanging beds that swing easily from two points provide the much-needed relaxation and amazing health benefits for people with joint, bone and spinal problems.

Medical uses and benefits of hammocks:

1. Promotes faster sleep: Studies have evidenced that people fall asleep faster in a hammock. They are reminiscent of a womb, providing natural rhythm for a sound and relaxed sleep.
2. Reduces pressure points: Sleeping in the hammock provides a zero-pressure point environment. There is absolutely no tossing and turning, and, hence, a comfortable sleep is ensured. Relieving pressure from key energy areas stimulates good blood circulation also.
3. Reduces stress: Mental stress is potentially harmful and deadly. It is clearly evident that hammocks are instrumental in relieving stress. There is nothing more calming to the senses than the swinging and rocking motion of the hammock which stimulates the cerebral cortex and increases the person’s ability to think and focus. It also improves concentration and cognitive skills.
4. Improves physical health: When you lie down in a hammock the spinal vertebrae are aligned from “head to tail bone.” This rejuvenates your body and transforms you into a state of meditation which in turn improves your overall health.
5. Relieves back and neck pain: Lying in the hammock relieves some of the pressure off your muscles. As the hammock adjusts to the contours of your body it assures good support and eliminates pressure points. It promotes relaxation of the muscles and permits more consistent flow of blood. You wake up invigorated and energized to face the challenges of the day.
6. Improves brain activity: Lying and relaxing in the hammock is believed to improve brain activity. A hammock is used to treat autism, a disorder in children characterized by impaired communication. Many health practitioners are recommending the use of hammocks to help alleviate this problem.
7. Good for meditation: Yoga practitioners have found hammocks to be effective for meditation as the hammock relaxes and soothes the muscles. At home you can even practice yoga or meditation in a hammock. It relieves your pressure points and relaxes your entire body and mind.
8. Relieves pre-natal pain: Pregnant mothers have successfully implemented the use of hammocks to get relief from pre-natal pain as it fosters a relaxed, sound sleep.
9. Treatment of colic and reflux: Hammock has been touted to relive colic and reflux. The rhythmic swinging motion of the hammock eases tension and relaxes muscles. It provides a better sleeping position for an uncomfortable baby.
10. Relieves head and chest congestion: The slightly elevated position of the hammock is believed to alleviate tightness of chest and head. This ensures a more comfortable and relaxed sleeping atmosphere.coolmain Purplemain

With so many amazing health benefits, a hammock is a must-have in every home. Buy a hammock today and enjoy the incredible benefits that go with it. Hammocks are a great way to relax.

A Bit More on Brazilian Hammocks

Brazilian Hammocks are low maintenance and are popular with people who prefer traditional elegance. The hammocks come in many sizes from hammocks suitable for children up to very large sizes that can accommodate an entire family. They are machine washable. The standard size can hold a single person whereas the large one is big enough to hold two adults comfortably. They can be readily installed into wood stud walls indoors or concrete patio supports if available. They can also be hung on hammock stands so long as the stands have the extra loft required for a bar less hammock. The Brazilian Hammocks are more durable than any of the string varieties. The warp yarns are pulled through the hand woven cotton to form the support strings .The Brazilian hammocks are beautifully adorned by ornate fringes.  For the best selection available of Brazilian hammocks, visit our Brazilian Hammocks Page.

The Hammock Chair

Today we cover the important distinction between hammocks and hammock chairs. Although they’re very much alike, they’re different in many ways as well. While hammocks give you the comfort of lying down, hammock chairs allow you to sit a bit upright but still relaxed. For instance, if you want to take an afternoon nap in your garden, a hammock would be more appropriate. But for times when you just want to read a book or to engage in conversation, a hammock chair is better.

When it comes to installation, they differ as well. Hammocks usually require 2 points (e.g. between 2 trees) for them to be put up. On the other hand, hammock chairs require only a single point. Stands have also been made for hammock chairs, and these will be discussed later.

Do I need a hammock chair stand?
Since most hammock chairs nowadays come with leg rest, you’d need a stand for this kind of hammock chair. Broadly speaking, there are two kinds of stands based on their material. The first kind, wood, would be perfect with a rope hammock chair. They are also very durable, but depending on the quality of wood, may rot easily after bad weather conditions. Metal, on the other hand, are available in different kinds. There’s the porch swing type, C-style, as well as a low beach chair stand. Aside from that, steel stands are also durable and easy to assemble. You can make use of arc hammock stands for a more dramatic look, since this is guaranteed to go well with any setting.

How about designs?
Again, designs of both hammock chairs and hammock chair stands have branched out to include different styles as well as materials. Back then, rope hammock chairs were the only options. However, hammock chairs nowadays make use of different materials, including rattan. Of course, rope hammock chairs and hand-woven models still remain as the most classic and sought-after designs. A wicker hammock chair is also a good option if you’re after something more elegant and classier.

Shopping Tips!
Before anything else, think of where you want to place your hammock chair. If you’re going to place it outside, make sure the base is stable. Although a hammock chair out in your garden looks lovely, it might be hard to move once it starts to rain. Patios are better options – they still allow you to enjoy fresh air under the comforts of a roof. Where you place your hammock chair determines what type and size to buy.

Doing a little research also helps since this will orient you on what you should expect.


Camping is just as popular today as in days gone by when families packed up the station wagon with tents, sleeping bags and the Coleman stove to head into the Great Outdoors to do some camping.
What has changed, however is the accommodations. The latest trend is hammocks, which have been around for as long as tents, but only in the last few years have been popular as replacements for tents.
Hammock tents are designed for one person — or two people who are getting along extremely well indeed!
Several outdoor gear manufacturers have developed products for the hamping market. Seaside Hammocks offers the Hammock Bliss hammocks, protective flies and bug netting. This gear has been popular for its high quality for about two decades, and is, in fact the reference standard in the industry.
The gear is light, and the comfort is unmatchable in the wild. Sleeping in a hammock provides great head, neck, and back support while eliminating the need for a separate tent, pillow, sleeping bag or air mattress. Hampers can pack a hammock, bug fly, rain fly, straps, ropes and rigging, along with a light blanket, in the bottom of a medium-size book bag or back pack.


Hammocks as Beds

Hammocks have been in existence for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Probably starting out as fishing nets, occasionally used for a cat nap, hammocks became popular with the natives of South and Central America for use as beds. The bed functionality was adapted by sailors due to the compact size, comfort and easy stowability. In the recent years, the use of hammocks as beds has become popular in North America and elsewhere as more and more individuals are trading in their beds for hammocks. This can be attributed to the numerous benefits that sleeping in hammocks has when compared to sleeping in a normal bed. To illustrate these benefits, the following is an overview of some of the benefits associated with sleeping in a hammock

Faster Sleep
Sleeping in a hammock has a natural rhythm to it, which is usually brought about by the gentle swinging motion of the hammock. As such, individuals sleeping in hammocks tend to fall asleep much faster as compared to individuals sleeping on a normal bed.

Deeper Sleep
The use of a hammock as a bed has the capacity to bring about deeper sleep. When sleeping in a hammock, an individual not only falls asleep much faster, but is less susceptible to tossing and turning throughout the night. This ultimately results in a calm, relaxed deep sleep. Research has also shown that the gentle rocking of a hammock helps to improve circulation and to synchronize brain activity and through this, an individual gets better rest.
Hammocks offer unrivaled comfort when compared to beds. When lying on a hammock, your body weight is evenly distributed, and as such, there are no discomforting pressure points along your body. For that reason hammocks are considered by many to be more comfortable than beds. As a rule, you should acquire a hammock of the correct size and set it up at the right hanging angle so as to experience maximum comfort.

No Bed Making
Making up a bed in the morning can be quite unsettling; more so when one has overslept and woken up late. Instead of shifting through a heap of sheets and covers as when making the bed, with the hammock, all you have to do when you wake up is to fold your blanket and put it at an appropriate place. For standalone hammocks, unhooking the hammock material and folding it up takes around 30 seconds.
Freedom from Bed Bugs and Dust Mites
You might not know this but a normal bed has approximately 6 million dust mites. Dust mites are minute creatures that feed on dead human skin shed off by the abrasive action of sheets on the human body. These skin cells normally accumulate on the mattress, and as such, explain the huge number of dust mites. By using a hammock, high hygiene standards are maintained since a simple shake or overturning of the hammock gets rid of dead human skin, discouraging the breeding of dust mites. Good air circulation and hygienic condition associated with hammocks also discourages the breeding of bedbugs.

Health Benefits
The use of hammocks as beds also has health benefits. For instance, hammocks aid in spinal decompression, since lying on a hammock does not subject the spinal discs to any stress. This can help alleviate back pain, stenosis and other afflictions of the spine. It is not a cure for these problems, but it relieves the stress.

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An Optimist

Jean de Lattre de Tassigny once wrote: “An optimist is a man who plants two acorns and buys a hammock.”  Fortunately you will not have to wait for two acorns to grow sufficiently to support a hammock.  While we have many hammocks suitable for indoor use and sleeping, if it is outdoor snoozing you are after, and no trees are in quite the right place, try one of our hammock stands.  One of these might really fit the bill.  Or, those acorns….


A Focus on Brazil

The Brazilian Hammocks are elegant in appearance and are extremely comfortable. The Hammocks feature thick cotton beds, which provide comfort and warmth for colder nights. A decorative look can be given to the Brazilian Hammocks by macramé or crochet fringes. These Hammocks are made up of hundred percent robust cotton fabric. The Brazilian Hammocks are hand woven and are extremely beautiful. They are original and frequently made with brilliant colors without the use of spreader bars. They can be differentiated from other hammocks in that they are tightly woven less cool on a hot summer day, but warmer in cool weather. Not only for summer, but even for colder climates the Brazilian Hammocks are excellent at creating a sense of security while sleeping and for overnight use.  For a closer look at these fabulous hammocks visit our Brazilian Hammocks page.BSH18-5_model_006 BrazilBossa Icarai Rainbow1